Questions tagged [plastic]

For questions about utilizing plastic, or materials meant to be used with plastic. Questions about specific types of plastic, such as PVC or ABS, should also use those tags.

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How to reproduce faux tortoise shell material

I'd like to mimic this faux tortoise shell material: Ideally I need the material to be like a thin layer of plastic (probably less than 2mm). I tried using clear epoxy resin + colors, and I almost ...
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Alternative for wickes PVA glue in america

I was watching a tutorial on youtube for getting a plastic finish with smooth on's 65D plastic and Wickes PVA glue. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDwQg6CX25A (5:40 roughly) I can get the smooth on ...
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Re-bending a bent plastic figure to stand up straight [closed]

I have a plastic miniature person (an archer) from a board game, but she was unfortunately bent either during packaging or during initial molding. She leans WAY over... I put her in a bowl of very ...
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Dishwasher-proof way to personalize plastic lunch containers

So, I meal prep, and I use bowls like this to carry my prepped lunches to work: From another angle, showing the lip below the lid: The recycling mark on the bottom says they are polypropylene for ...
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What is this holographic material

I have some decorations that have standard fairy lights behind some plastic which creates a kind of holographic effect. There is a similar product here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07JB979HD What ...
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Remove or hide red colour from trackpad on laptop [closed]

I have this Lenovo Y720 laptop which got an overall black design, but this one red square is driving me nuts. Is there a way to paint it black or some vinyl I can add? There are no skins for it.
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It is possible to create powerful crucible that you can melt plastics in it? If yes, how can I create it from simple materials?

I’m asking this because, I’m trying to find how to make a powerful crucible that when you melt any plastic in it, it doesn’t not happen anything to it, and you can also hold it with your hands even ...
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From what material/s I need to create a mold so that I can pour in it safely any kind of molten plastic?

I want to create a mold, so that when I want to make for example, planet Earth in plastic in 3D, then I can pour the molten plastic into mold. So that I can give a form. Not only this, but… when I buy ...
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How to cut a hole in a globe without breaking it?

Together with my fiancée, we bought a globe very similar to the one below (same brand). Now we want to cut a clean, rectangular hole (roughly 8 cm x 1-2 cm) in it in order to put envelopes in it but, ...
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Making plastic mold from plastic sheet

I would like to make some plastic mold for my arcrylic pieces. Is there any good way to create the plastic mold not using vacuum former? Vacuum former example
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Plastics options for molding

I am creating a sword for cosplay, and I need the material used to be clear, rigid, and lightweight, and to cure properly in such a thin mould (and can be poured into the mould I have, as I'd prefer ...
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Mice/hamster chew proof plastic material

I am making a custom enclosure for small animals. I was wondering whether non-toxic and chew proof plastic exists and what is it called?
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Adhesive for applying keyboard keys to wood

I have a mosaic made of keyboard keys that I made by gluing the keys to a piece of cardboard. After some time, the cardboard has begun to warp under the weight of the affixed keys. I now have a ...
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Dyeing hard polycarbonate plastic

I have a hard, polycarbonate globe, like this one pictured below. I am trying to make it look like an eyeball. I am lighting it from inside, and I already have a good blue iris that I made out of blue ...
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How to make plastic badges?

Anyone know how these are made at the gym I think they use a gym but how is it made ?
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Plastic paint on laptop

I have this black touchpad with a red paint around it, how can I make this black? Does some vinyl exist? Paint? I tried to find some touchpad skins that matched the rest of the laptop, but i couldn't ...
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What's the name of this type of acrylic?

I recently came across Love Hulton's amazing work and was especially impressed by the aesthetic of the pearly acrylic front of the datorbox. I saw the same material being used for fashioning guitar ...
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How to make adjustments to a PVC raincoat?

I have a raincoat made of PVC that I’d like to make some adjustments to: adding more buttons or other ways of attachment (it is full-length but it has buttons only to the knee); adding a string at the ...
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Can I use Lucas oil colors for painting plastic kits?

I bought a plastic fighter kit, now I want to paint it with an airbrush and some oil colors. Now, I've got a question : Can I use Lucas oil color for painting plastic kits? Is it permanent after ...
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What kind of paint marker will work for flexible vinyl?

I'm making a mini cape out of flexible vinyl, like the kind used for window clings. I need to leave light blue, permanent marks on the vinyl that won't peel or flake as the cape is flexed. I'd really ...
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Which adhesives work well when gluing vinyl to plastic?

I am looking to glue some vinyl tablecloth material (the type you can buy anywhere in France as it is waterproof and usually left out on garden tables) to a plastic swing bin. Does anyone know which ...
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vacuum forming/thermoforming elastic materials?

I need to create few dozen opaque domes/hemispheres of various sizes from 80cm to 120cm. The shape is pretty basic, example: http://www.cmspinning.com/images/hemisphere_landing_large.jpg The domes ...
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What is the name of the rigid plastic cord in this hem?

I deconstructed a bag/pack in an attempt to sew one from scratch and the hem had a rigid plastic cord that helped it keep its circular shape: The best I could find after some time googling is that it ...
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What types of large plastic sheets can I draw/paint on?

I typically draw on Stonehenge paper from rolls, cut size: 48" x 60+". I like working big but it's horribly expensive to frame anything that large so I have been looking into various plastic drafting ...
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Interlocking plastic, rubber, or foam product that can be cut to size?

Would you know if there's some sort of interlocking plastic (or other material) mats that can be cut to any size and which is less than 1 inch (2.5cm) thick? Ideally probably 1 - 1.5cm thickness. I'm ...
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Is it possible to restore the plastic on a pickguard without removing a signature on it?

I have an old flat white colored pickguard from my first guitar that I got signed by some guitarists I like with permanent marker. However, with age, the plastic has yellowed somewhat, which normally ...
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What kind of methods can one use to bind two objects as one, without any adhesive [closed]

I'm thinking of methods, similar to how some products use a lid to snap onto an object so that it remains clipped to that particular object and snaps into place. However, I want no 3rd party material ...
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Applying custom decals to plastic figures

I'm having trouble getting decals to stick on action figures. Decals can be a decent alternative to painting, as they take much less skill to apply. But I find certain edges or corners won't stay put,...
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What kind of paint best adheres to doll/barbie bodies?

Does anyone have experience with full-body repaints for plastic dolls? I'm working on a repaint/restyle and I need to paint the doll's entire body. I'm creating a fantasy creature but acrylic paint ...
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How can I cut a near perfect circle out of a plastic bottle?

I am hoping to make a simple spinner treat dispenser for my Australian shepard. Basically it is plastic container with a rod/dowel suspending them in the air. Treats or food are put inside and the ...
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How to get a precise “top” of a cylinder?

I'm working on a rocket model made of resin. There are two parts I need to adjust and then glue together: one part is a cylinder and the other a cone. (Actually, I've got to do this four times to get ...
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How to add weights to circuit board standoffs(spacers) of a acrylic board?

I am using acrylic boards to make a desktop file organizer. The area of the bottom is 8"x4", and it has 4 legs. I will use circuit board standoffs(spacers) as the legs. The height of each leg will be ...
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Resin Casting - How large must the compressor be to quickly fill a 10 Liter/2.6 gallon pressure pot at 60 psi?

Doing some resin casting and bought a 10 liter (2.6 gallon) pressure pot - wondering how big the compressor chamber must be. Any other tips would be great too!
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Party Blowers to Noisemakers?

I went to the store to get a couple packs of party horns for a Bible story in Sunday school. However, I did not realize that they were actually party blowers that did not make any noise until I got ...
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Are there toxic concerns with using a heatgun/torch on plastic/acrylic?

I am looking to bend a piece of plastic/acrylic (not really sure what I'm getting yet), for a craft project I am working on. I watched this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkpqfcg1W_o where ...
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Are there specific types of plastic that are more “Clear” than others?

I am looking for brands/types of plastic that are more "clear" than others. I am not sure if there are any differences between types i.e., acrylic, plexiglass, etc, but I would assume that some are ...
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How to cut gift cards in order to make a mosaic?

I have a box of ~1000 (void) gift cards of various colors from my old job because I expressed interest in making a mosaic from the colorful plastic bits. My question is: how to cut them? I've tried: ...
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Plastic/Glass for a very large, custom frame

I am working on a large poster to display my original Pokemon cards, but because of the size of the cards and the way I wanted them to be laid out, store bought frames are out of the question. The ...
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What paint to use for outdoor plastic chairs?

I would like to paint my (garden) plastic chairs with nice designs. These are very standard chairs like this one: I don't know their exact composition but a google search make me thinking that this ...
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How can I cleanly cut thick plastic straws?

I have drinking straws like this: They are thicker, reusable straws, probably PVC. They're the thickness you generally find in tumblers that come with their own straw. I thought it'd be neat and ...
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Materials and procedures for painting acrylic (Plexiglass) sheet

I would like to paint acrylic sheet (Plexiglass) with acrylic paint. Both the sheet and the paint are opaque (black or white); single color all over. What kinds of paint should I use? What kinds ...
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Can I melt or weld broken ABS plastic back together?

I'm still working on developing a game plan for repair and customization of some action figures, and I'm wondering about making the broken parts a single piece again without the use of epoxy. The ...
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How do I choose which adhesive or material to repair action figures?

I have several types of action figures that need minor repairs (small details broken off) and major repairs (limbs broken). Some of these parts are soft, flexible plastic, some hard, and some are ...